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Taxi drivers compensated after being paid below minimum wage

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:46 pm | RNZ

A Dunedin taxi company has been ordered to pay four former drivers almost $100,000 in arrears over minimum wages and holiday pay underpayments. More >>

Claims of threats made after reaction to Don Brash ban

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:34 pm | RNZ

The man who wrote to Massey University with concerns over Don Brash's event, before the cancellation, says he has been targeted by critics. More >>

Firefighting foam: Shell contaminates groundwater

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:23 pm | RNZ

Oil company Shell has contaminated groundwater in New Plymouth using a firefighting foam banned in New Zealand 12 years ago. More >>

Taxpayers to fork out $20k to defend Peters' lawsuit

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 12:11 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters are refusing to answer questions about how much taxpayers might ultimately have to fork out for Mr Peters' legal pursuit of National Party MPs over his superannuation privacy leak. More >>

Why New Zealand needs Skilled Migrants

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:57 am | Creative Content

Immigration is a hot topic in the news, stories highlighting an increase in migrant workers often brings a backlash from the public as there is a perception that skilled migrants are taking opportunities for lower pay that could be filled by a local workforce. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the EU’s battle with Washington over Iran

Thursday, 9 August 2018, 10:43 am | Gordon Campbell

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini used the occasion in Wellington to challenge the White House intensely, over Iran. More >>

APEC host PNG eyes the main chance

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 5:07 pm | RNZ

Papua New Guinea's government is anticipating a wonderful opportunity on the near horizon, but the jury is out on whether holding an APEC summit will help the country. More >>

Asking prospective tenants for bank statements unethical

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 4:27 pm | RNZ

Landlords and property managers are being criticised for asking prospective tenants for their bank statements when vetting for new lets. More >>

Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 2:31 pm | Ramzy Baroud

The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza's ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip's dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy's leg, as it was later ... More >>

Ministry's new disability guidelines baffle family lawyer

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:38 am | RNZ

A lawyer fighting on behalf of families over the disabled support services says the Ministry of Health policy in the area borders on cruel. More >>

Ditching youth rates on the back burner for govt

Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 11:23 am | RNZ

Labour's pre-election policy of ditching youth rates within its first year in power appears to be on the back burner for now as it negotiates with its coalition partner New Zealand First. More >>

Massey university compromises free speech

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:54 pm | Don Franks

Former National leader Don Brash, invited to address a Massey university student club, was stopped by vice-chancellor Jan Thomas. More >>

The Non-University and the Manager

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2:22 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We have been seeing over the last few decades the birth of the non-university, an institution hollowed out of its seminal functions: teaching and scholarship. Such an institution emphasises the functions of commerce and branding not dissimilar to ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern and David Clark welcome nurse pay settlement

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1:16 pm | RNZ

Jacinda Ardern and David Clark today welcomed the settlement between hospital nurses and their district health board employers. More >>

Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems - Part 2

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1:03 pm | Perce Harpham

Part 2 in a series of articles from Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems . Full paper available at More >>

Gordon Campbell on worrying about business confidence

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 12:06 pm | Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on why worrying about business confidence is a wasted effort First posted on Werewolf More >>

New Zealand Should Recognise the Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:57 am | Matt Hayes

Near the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan lies a grove of fir trees of various sizes. Beneath each tree is a plaque, indicating the name of the person who planted it. Jacques Chirac, it seems, has shovelled this soil – and so, a little further ... More >>

Read Gluckman’s report on crime with scepticism

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 11:57 am | Jim Rose

The Gluckman report on the use of evidence in the criminal justice system has become the go to document for the new government and the media in recent months but it failed a basic sniff test. This report in March by the chief scientific advisor to the Prime ... More >>

New Zealanders still want meat, just less

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 10:39 am | RNZ

Plant-based proteins won't replace meat as consumers want both, a food scientist says. More >>

National leader won't be disciplining Collins over fake news

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 10:18 am | RNZ

National's leader Simon Bridges won't be disciplining one of his MPs for calling on the Prime Minister to denounce a story about child sexual abuse - even though it turned out to be fake. More >>

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 6/8/18: Trade Stuff

Monday, 6 August 2018, 6:02 pm | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this afternoon held her first post-cabinet press conference following her return from maternity leave. She was joined by Trade Minister David Parker for a press conference that focused on the government's 'trade for all agenda' ... More >>

Immigration NZ addressing privacy concerns with RealMe

Monday, 6 August 2018, 12:00 pm | RNZ

Privacy breaches by immigration advisors have forced Immigration New Zealand to halt efforts to move some of its visa applications solely online. More >>

Renewed call from Vanuatu chiefs on volcano island

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:51 am | RNZ

Chiefs from the western part of Ambae are again calling on the Vanuatu government to evacuate them to Santo rather than Maewo. More >>

Auckland schools struggling as rolls reach capacity

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:36 am | RNZ

The number of school children in Auckland has grown at the upper limit of official forecasts this year and some schools are struggling to find enough classrooms and teachers , principals say. More >>

Whale calf dies after stranding alongside its mother

Monday, 6 August 2018, 10:18 am | RNZ

A whale calf that became stranded on a Northland beach over the weekend has died despite rescuers' efforts to refloat the refloat two stranded humpback whales . More >>

The Moriori myth and why it’s still with us

Friday, 3 August 2018, 1:54 pm | The Policy Observatory

By Keri Mills, The Policy Observatory, AUT. This was first printed on the Briefing Papers website: More >>

Kiwi Crisis

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:40 am | Howard West

This is a letter which I could never have imagined writing only a few years ago. You see, since coming to NZ in the 1970’s to sample the world renowned trout fishing, I was captivated by the abundant high quality trout water, the natural beauty, and ... More >>

Swamp Infrastructure Construction Kinetics

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:31 am | David Swanson

Now being planned and built in Washington, D.C., which is already just about coated in monuments to wars and particular warriors, are monuments to: World War I, the Gulf War, Native American fighters in wars, African Americans who fought in the U.S. ... More >>

Preventing the suicide of American democracy

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:24 am | Jeremy Rosner and Brian Paler

John Adams was not particularly optimistic about democracy. In an 1814 letter, he wrote: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” A new study of American ... More >>

Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Friday, 3 August 2018, 9:14 am | Ramzy Baroud

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded ... More >>

Deported Freedom Flotilla activist Mike Treen returns

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:41 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Angry scenes as Hauraki iwi arrive for settlement signing

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:23 pm | RNZ

The government signed the Pare Hauraki collective redress deed today despite fierce opposition from several iwi. More >>

Serious injury after bus flips into ditch

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 4:17 pm | RNZ

A bus carrying 28 passengers has flipped into a ditch 5km south of Sanson in Manawatu. More >>

Govt contracts push risk to building firms, industry says

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 12:47 pm | RNZ

Construction insiders say the risk contractors are taking in building projects are behind the collapse of a number of firms - and government departments have a hand in it. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the nurses dispute, Zimbabwe, and Iran

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 11:36 am | Gordon Campbell

No more money was supposedly available to resolve the nurses dispute. Yet in the wake of industrial action taken by the nurses, another $38 million has been found to enable DHBs to start recruiting further staff immediately, and to deploy them ... More >>

Destroyed fruit tree cuttings a big loss - Andy McGrath

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:40 am | RNZ

Thousands of fruits trees could go up in flames as the Ministry for Primary Industries wrestles with a biosecurity threat brought on by defective paperwork. MPI has ordered the containment or destruction of any plants that passed through a US company that ... More >>

Former land war battle site deemed sacred

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:17 am | RNZ

Heritage New Zealand has listed one of the central battle sites of the northern land wars as a wāhi tapu or sacred area. More >>

Academics warn against NCEA changes

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 10:09 am | RNZ

Changes to the NCEA qualification risk undermining the quality of education in secondary schools, a group of education experts from Victoria University has warned. More >>

Gloriavale 'entitled' to apply for funding but no guarantees

Thursday, 2 August 2018, 9:59 am | RNZ

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says he didn't expect communes to put in for a share of the provincial growth fund but Gloriavale's application has shown anyone can try. More >>

Vindication for sacked Kōhanga Reo trustee

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 5:05 pm | RNZ

The High Court has found the Kōhanga Reo National Trust was wrong to sack a trustee who spoke out about claims of wrongdoing. More >>

Little reveals appointments to Family Court review panel

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 5:01 pm | RNZ

The government has started the process of a review of the family justice system, after changes made by the last government four years ago. More >>

Wally Haumaha appointment: Head of inquiry stands down

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 4:36 pm | RNZ

The head of an inquiry into appointment of a deputy police commissioner has quit after questions were raised about a personal conflict of interest. More >>

University name change suggestion

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 4:14 pm | Don Franks

On Friday July 27th Victoria University of Wellington’s Council agreed in principle to “simplify” the University’s name to ‘University of Wellington’. More >>

Bridges' sister accused of teaching creationism in science

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:56 pm | RNZ

Simon Bridges' sister accused of using science classes to teach creationism Jo Moir , Political Reporter More >>

Ebert Construction in receivership, workers locked out

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 12:51 pm | RNZ

Leading construction company Ebert Construction has gone into receivership. The company specialises in commercial and industrial work and has done a lot of construction in the dairy and food processor sectors. More >>

Court of Appeal widens defamation defence

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 8:02 pm | BusinessDesk

July 31 (BusinessDesk) - The Court of Appeal has widened the qualified privilege defence to defamation to cover material in the public interest, beyond previous restrictions to coverage of politics, in a finding on a case relating to Māori TV from 2015. More >>

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set for return to duties

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 5:00 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will formally return to her duties at midnight on Wednesday when the acting Prime Minister, Winston Peters, goes overseas. More >>

National would legalise cannabis if vote in favour - Bridges

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:57 pm | RNZ

If the public votes in favour of legalising cannabis in a referendum, a National-led government would change the law accordingly, National Party leader Simon Bridges says. More >>

Findings and Non-Findings: The MH370 Report

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 4:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It does little to allay the grief of relatives and friends, but the MH370 report on the doomed, and ever spectral Malaysian passenger liner merely added smidgens of further speculation. The report from Malaysian authorities into the disappearance ... More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Peters regency, and Imran Khan

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 3:14 pm | Gordon Campbell

I f Jacinda Ardern is the mother of the nation, Winston Peters is rapidly turning into its kindly old uncle. Come the stroke of midnight Wednesday, Ardern will resume the role of Prime Minister. Since its unlikely that either she or Clarke Gayford ... More >>

Māori charter school fears loss of staff in state system

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 1:01 pm | RNZ

A Māori charter school in Whangārei says it will lose staff who have been critical to its success when it comes under the state education umbrella. More >>

Taking the Long View: Mopping up after National

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 12:46 pm | Gord Stewart

“We can’t correct nine years of neglect in one budget,” said Finance Minister Grant Robertson in response to expectations for his May budget announcements. More >>

NZ union leader detained by Israeli military

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:04 am | RNZ

He was on board a fishing boat which was part of a boat flotilla stopped by Israeli forces as they were nearing Gaza where they planned to deliver medical supplies. More >>

Acting PM's Presser: Synthetics, Gaza Flotilla, Nats, Peters

Monday, 30 July 2018, 5:42 pm | The Scoop Team

Winston Peters began his last press conference as Acting Prime Minister announcing coordinated government action on an apparent spike in deaths related to synthetic cannabis and announcing details of Jacinda Ardern's resumption of the Prime Minister ... More >>

Plans for Attack: US Plans for Striking Iran

Monday, 30 July 2018, 3:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The world of the terrifying hypothetical is programmatically standard in the Trump White House. Periods of tense calm are followed by careless flights of fury, digs and remonstrations. Mortal enemies become amenable comrades; reliable allies turn ... More >>

Truck towing connections: Auto-brakes fail on loose trailer

Monday, 30 July 2018, 1:25 pm | RNZ

An investigation into truck safety problems has revealed the auto-brakes failed on a fully-loaded trailer that came loose on a highway. More >>

Coroner: lack of adequate care prior to man's death

Monday, 30 July 2018, 1:22 pm | RNZ

A coroner has found that a Waikato man who died of heart failure didn't get proper care before his death. More >>

Death of Iranian refugee on Manus preventable, says coroner

Monday, 30 July 2018, 1:20 pm | RNZ

A Queensland coroner has found the death of an Iranian refugee on Manus Island was "entirely preventable" and due to the "compounding effect of multiple errors". More >>

Review: The Firebird - NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Monday, 30 July 2018, 12:44 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The annual NZSO National Youth Orchestra concert is a regular treat: it’s astounding how good these young musicians are. This clever, well-structured performance with a distinct French-Spanish theme was carried out under the watchful eye of guest conductor ... More >>

Review: Simon Trpceski Plays Grieg

Monday, 30 July 2018, 12:39 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The star of this show was Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski, sandwiched in between two pieces of Shostakovich. The first, the Festive Overture, was a cheerfully exuberant bit of work (though still touched with irony), and played with a lovely sense of ... More >>